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Dispatches from ProSweets 2012

Everyone's talking about stevia at ProSweets - director

The sweetener stevia is the hot topic of this year’s show following its approval as a novel food in the EU, according to the show organiser.

Europe must move to stamp-out cocoa child labour, MEPs tell Commission

A committee of MEPs is calling on the European Commission (EC) to consider legislating against use of child labour in cocoa plantations that fuel the EU's demand for chocolate, while...

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Belgian food industry mimics Dutch 2015 palm oil pledge

All palm oil designated for the Belgian market will be produced based on the sustainability criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015, claims a new pledge...

Dispatches from ProSweets 2012

ProSweets 2012: the confectionery show in pictures

Have a look at the first pictures from the floor of confectionery industry trade show ProSweets in Cologne, Germany.

Dispatches from ProSweets 2012

Preview: ConfectioneryNews brings you ProSweets 2012

The confectionery trade fair ProSweets opened its doors for the fifth time on Sunday at the exhibition centre in Cologne, Germany and is on the show floor keeping you...

Mars probed by ad watchdog after footballer and glamour model Twitter endorsement

Mars has become the subject of an investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority following a campaign involving footballer Rio Ferdinand and model Katie Price to endorse its Snickers bar...

Mars study finds cardiovascular pros from cocoa flavanols are independent of antioxidants

Cardiovascular benefits from cocoa flavanols are independent of any antioxidant properties, according to a study by Mars.

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BASF & Teck join forces on zinc fortification and supplementation solutions

BASF (Germany) and Teck Resources Limited (Canada) have signed a three year agreement to jointly develop innovative and affordable zinc fortification and supplementation solutions.

Bemis wields the knife as packaging demand and earnings fall

Soaring resin prices, falling demand in sectors such as confectionery, along with almost US$40m costs related to plant closures and job cuts saw fourth quarter operating profits in flexible packaging...

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Sweet imitating decorative stones hit rocks over choking risk

The European Commission has ordered a manufacturer of decorative stones to withdraw some of its products over fears they present choking risks because they look too similar to sweets.

Market opportunities in medicated confectionery – Leatherhead

Medicated confectionery such as cough and throat sweets has enjoyed an upsurge in recent months and there is scope for new products to enter the category, according to Leatherhead Food...

Zetar establishes French subsidiary

UK-based confectionery and snacks firm Zetar has established a French subsidiary to leverage its position in continental Europe.

Sensient opens new color and flavor factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Wisconsin-based colors, flavors and fragrances giant Sensient Technologies has signaled its ambitions in the fast-growing Brazilian food market with the opening of a new color and flavor complex in Jundiaí,...

Cocoa may prevent intestinal disease: Rat study

Eating cocoa could help to prevent intestinal disease and complaints linked to oxidative stress, including colon cancer caused by chemical substances, suggests new research in rats.

Mexican sugar shortage could lead to price hike unless USDA acts – analyst

Global sugar prices could rise following a shortage in Mexican production unless the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows additional imports, according to the Jenkins Sugar Group.

PRODULCE head looking for healthy innovation

The Spanish confectionery sector must innovate on a health awareness platform, according to the head of the recently formed national confectionery association.

10 key trends for chocolate products

Ethically responsible companies catering to health-conscious consumers with clean-label premium products are likeliest to win, according to a market analyst.

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Barry Callebaut and Unilever in global cocoa partnership

Cocoa giant, Barry Callebaut will become a first choice source of cocoa and chocolate for ice cream manufacturer Unilever under a new long-term global partnership.

Something is rotten in the state of Indian gelatine controls, FVO audit suggests

The European Commission (EC) has released a scathing audit report on the Indian gelatine industry, and said its visit late last year revealed“very little progress" since the last mission in...

Judge upholds USDA requirement for raw almond pasteurization

A federal judge has again upheld a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that US raw almonds must be pasteurized in order to mitigate risk of salmonella, after organic almond...

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Asian orders drive growth for Bühler

Food technology group Bühler has announced 12.5% growth in sales for 2011 due to increased orders from new customers in Asia.

Tangerine eyes new markets while large chew bars launched in UK

UK-based Tangerine Confectionery has added large chew bars to its Barratt Sweets brand in the UK market while it considers Scandinavia for other brand product launches planned for Spring.

Sugar keeps things sweet for ABF

Exceptional sales growth for sugar will fuel expansion at Associated British Foods (ABF), say food industry analysts, even if Q1 continued to highlight struggles for the food ingredients side of...

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European Cocoa Association becomes Primary Food Processors member

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has joined the association of Primary Food Processors (PFP).

Sugar segment helps Südzucker’s profits soar

Ingredients firm Südzucker has seen a sharp increase in its operating profit for the third quarter (Q3) propelled by gains in its sugar segment.

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